Representatives of the Afghan Taliban visited neighboring Uzbekistan today to discuss trade issues and negotiate the delivery of humanitarian aid, the Central Asian country's foreign ministry said.
The talks took place in the border town of Termez, Uzbekistan. The Taliban delegation was led by Abdul Salam Hanafi, the "number 2" of the new Afghan government, who met with Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov.
The talks focused on "trade, economic relations, border security, co-operation in the field of energy and transport".
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced in the middle of the week that three consignments of humanitarian aid would be flown to Termez and then transported by truck to Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, Afghanistan's neighbors, have taken a pragmatic stance since the Taliban returned to power and have opened channels of communication with Islamists to ensure the security of infrastructure along their borders. Tajikistan, on the other hand, has so far avoided direct talks with the Taliban.